OCG 2020.01 Metagame Report #5, #6, #7

Welcome to Week #5, #6, #7 of the OCG 2020.01 format.

This report will cover 72 top-performing decks from 11 tournaments that were held in Japan, Korea and Vietnam during 1 – 16 February 2020.

 

New Product Release

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures Manga, Volume 1
    • Diviner of the Heralds
  • Master Guide 6
    • Gussari @Ignister
    • Gatchiri @Ignister

 

Metagame Breakdown

  • 17 Orcust (14 Orcust, 3 Dragoon Orcust)
  • 9 Altergeist (8 Altergeist, 1 Dragoon Altergeist)
  • 8 SPYRAL (6 SPYRAL, 2 Dragoon SPYRAL)
  • 7 Sky Striker
  • 5 Thunder Dragon (3 Invoked Thunder Dragon, 1 Thunder Dragon, 1 Dragoon Invoked Thunder Dragon)
  • 3 Danger Dark World
  • 3 Dragon Link
  • 3 Trickstar (2 Dragoon Trickstar, 1 Trickstar)
  • 2 Cyber Dragon
  • 2 Dinosaur
  • 2 Dragoon Invoked
  • 2 Releaser Dragoon
  • 2 3-Axis Synchro
  • 1 Artifact Zoodia
  • 1 Grass Lair Infernoid
  • 1 Lunalight
  • 1 Magical Musket
  • 1 Mekk-Knight
  • 1 Invoked True Draco
  • 1 Zefra

 

Orcust

Miikun (みゐくん) went 8-0 (including 1 bye) and finished 2nd in “9th Woluney Cup Team Battle” (Team 3v3) which had 35 Teams (105 participants).

He ran a Dragoon package in the Main Deck, giving him the option to open with Red-Eyes Dragoon.

As opening with Dragoon would frequently end without an Orcust Link Monster, but would have to rely on Orcust Cymbal Skeleton‘s graveyard effect to Special Summon Galatea, the Orcust Automaton, he decided to drop Orcust Crescendo all together.

 

Altergeist

Kagawa (カガワ) went 5-1 and finished 3 – 4th in “6th Yu-Gi-Oh! Takatsuki CS Team Battle” (Team 3v3) which had 24 teams (72 participants).

He ran a Dragoon package in his Side Deck, a trend started by GenGen and Kosaka Kouki “魔鏡” (2019 World Champion) at the start of February.

As the opponent would be bringing in more Spell/Trap removals from the Side Deck against Altergeist, Red-Eyes Dragoon would catch them by surprise and could steal a game when they have no answer to it.

 

SPYRAL

Member (メンバー) went 7-1 and finished 2nd in “5th Yu-Gi-Oh! Takatsuki CS Team Battle” (Team 3v3) which had 22 teams (66 participants).

He ran a Dragoon package in the Main Deck, giving him the option to threaten with Red-Eyes Dragoon on top of his SPYRAL opening.

Against a combo deck like SPYRAL, the opponent would have to use ‘hand traps’ to disrupt the SPYRAL combo from succeeding. Without Maxx “C”, using multiple ‘hand traps’ would quickly deplete the opponent’s resources, leaving them unable to answer against Red-Eyes Dragoon.

 

Sky Striker

dice went 6-1 and finished 3 – 4th in “9th Woluney Cup Team Battle” (Team 3v3) which had 35 teams (105 participants).

He ran 3 Sky Striker Mecha – Shark Cannon in the Main Deck, whose graveyard banishing effect is very relevant against the graveyard-reliant Orcust.

Progleo is an interesting Link-2 monster that he ran in the Extra Deck. By banishing itself and a monster that it is pointing to, its effect can Special Summon a Link Monster from the graveyard. Progleo could be used to Special Summon Sky Striker Ace – Kagari and in turn retrieve a Sky Striker Spell card. Banishing a monster it points to might seem costly, but when used on the monster taken with Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor it becomes an advantageous removal.

His build is also more focused on Mystic Mine, running Demise of the Land in addition to Metaverse to ensure that he could reach Mystic Mine consistently.

 

Conclusion

Orcust remains in the lead, with Altergeist, SPYRAL and Sky Striker trailing behind.

While Dragoon deck has declined, Dragoon being splashed in either the Main Deck or Side Deck is gaining popularity.

This becomes a mind game for the opponent as if they side too heavily against the core deck, they might have no answers to Red-Eyes Dragoon. But if they do prepare something against Red-Eyes Dragoon, there is a chance that the whole Dragoon package could have been sided out.

Red-Eyes Dragoon is a very powerful threat that if left unanswered could meant game over. Even if the opponent managed to take out Red-Eyes Dragoon but if cleared in an inefficient manner, then Dragoon would have fulfilled its purposed of depleting the opponent’s resources, leaving them unable to answer against the rest of the deck.

However, running Dragoon does come with the risk of drawing into Normal Monsters and opening with bricks.

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2 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    What is 3-Axis Synchro?

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